Here are some great Yiddish saying that both of my grandfathers used to
tell me, and others ones I've collected, too!
Do you know any others? E-mail me at ([email protected]) and let me know!!!
What did your grandparents used to tell you???
When a lion is sleeping, let him sleep (Az a leyb shloft, loz im shlofn.)
No one possesses all the virtues (Ale mayles in eynem, iz mito bay keynem.)
All brides are beautiful--all the dead are pious (Ale kales zenen sheyn--ale meysim zenen frum)
A saintly man who knows he is a saintly man is not a saintly man (A tsadik vos veyst az er iz a tsadik is keyn tsadik nit.)
A bad peace is better than a good war (A shlekhter sholem iz beser vi a guter krig)
Many songs, but few dumplings (A sakh zmires, un veynik kneydlekh.)
A fool grows without rain (A nar vakhst on regn)
Sometimes even a fool can say a smart word (A nar ken a mol zoygn a klug vort)
A fool remains a fool (A nar blaybt a nar)
May a strange death befall you! (A mise meshune oyf dir!)
A homely girl hates the mirror (A meeseh moyd hot faynt dem shpigl)
A story without a moral is like a meal without a sweet-favored side dish (A mayse on a moshl iz vi a moltsayt on a tsimes)
A sick man you ask, a well man you give (A kranken fregtman, a gezunten gitman)
The cholera on you! (A kholyere oyf dir!)
A meowing cat can't catching mice. (A katz vos m'yavket ken kain meiz nit chapen)
A crowd of people, and not one real person among them (A groyse oylem, un nito eyn mentsch)
A strange fool is laughable, but your own fool is shameful. (A fremder nar iz a gelekhter, an eygener a shande.)
A rich man has no need of character
Do not worry about tomorrow, because you do not even know what may happen to you today.
We are all schlemiels.
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